Another famous visitor was Clarke Gable who
was flying across the channel and onwards to Sheffield when
over the Channel they were shot at and had to make an emergency
landing here. The plane was repaired and they were on their
way in a couple of days.
A range of planes including Mustangs, Typhoons
& Spitfires used the airfield and it is incredible today
to appreciate that at the height of its use nearly 100 planes
regularly used the airfield. Avro Ansons were also brought
in to ferry the casualties from D Day and also to carry plasma
to Normandy .
Another very important job was that of the
local brewery to fill a spitfire bomb with beer and then it
was delivered to France for the troops. The Chapels front
porch was knocked out to enable aircraft engines to be repaired
inside and so to was the south side of the house to gain more
visibility of the runway. The house was then reinstated and
rendered and therefore gives the appearance of a much younger
house on the outside.
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